• Fictions of Intimacy, and the intimacy of fiction: "Going Into People's Houses" and the Remediation of 1920s Film Reception

    Author(s):
    Fabrice Lyczba (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Cultural Studies, Film Studies
    Subject(s):
    Film studies, Media studies, Reception studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    ballyhoo, film fan magazines, silent film exhibition, silent films
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6V811
    Abstract:
    From the perspective of 1920s film reception, this chapter proposes to look at Hollywood cinema’s intimacy project – the objective of ‘going into people’s houses’ (Irving Thalberg, 1927) by showing fictions of intimate everyday life. While cinema is consumed in the 1920s in a very theatrical context, it is also, and concurrently, projected as domestic, intimate commodity. The intimacy of the home as a potential site for the (private) life of film fictions is the object of a host of exhibition and marketing techniques remediated through the other contemporary media of print and radio. This remediation of cinema aims to domesticate fiction and to open the privacy of the home to its transmedia expansion – enticing us to posit intimacy as a key, alternative element in the “generation of a common sense about the place of moving images in everyday life” (Haidee Wasson, 2007).
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